“Widespread ethnic cleansing, burning villages, looming starvation, and gang rape “so prevalent that it’s become ‘normal.’” This is what UN experts found when they took a 10-day trip to the African country of South Sudan … Since civil war broke out there in December 2013, as many as 50,000 people have been killed. More than 2.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Around 6 million people are currently at risk of going hungry, and 70 percent of schools have been closed due to the fighting.”
(see more HERE)
In spring of 2018 the Lord told Lulu Uganda National Director Esther Tendo and The Lulu Tree Founder Emily Wierenga to intercede for South Sudan for 40 days. Following that, He gave the call to plant a Lulu Tree seed in Adjumani, a South Sudanese refugee camp on the Ugandan border with over 1.8 million refugees including pastors, single mothers, and countless child-headed households. (go HERE to learn more of how God led us to Adjumani)
The Lulu Tree feels led to help prepare these pastors and their flocks to return home, in light of the peace treaty struck by South Sudan in August of 2018.
The passion, as shared by Deacon Emmy in the video above, is to equip churches to host crusades throughout the camps which will bring widespread repentance and healing in preparation for return to their homeland.
The damage done by years of genocide has wreaked havoc on these precious children of God. Due to the violence in South Sudan, over 1.4 million refugees have crossed the border and are now living in Uganda. The situation is dire; those displaced have been through terrible trauma and are living in extreme poverty in overcrowded conditions.
Compounding the crisis is the fact that 84% of the refugees are women and children, with many child-headed households trying to make it on their own.
Our national director for Lulu South Sudan, Pastor Taban Santos (above) has gathered nine churches together in the camps to pray and encourage one another through monthly pastor forums. Every six months Truth Centered Transformation training is held amongst the pastors, a program that raises up local leaders to bring their communities out of spiritual and material poverty.
Finally, Pastor Santos is also committed to traveling back regularly to South Sudan to encourage pastors who’ve remained behind. Our prayer is to establish microloan programs and pastor fellowships directly in South Sudan in 2019.
Will you join us in trusting God to help these faithful ones?